Dear All,

I realize we are going to be having a wrap up call but I feel that I want to say more then I probably will be allowed (time-wise) on the call.

It has been an honor to be part of World Pulse, and especially to be a VOF correspondent. I have learned so much, more then I expected to learn when I first started the program. WP is a great place to find support, encouragement, and understanding. Even if the people around me do not quite understand what I am doing, at least you all do.

I am so impressed with how organized the whole VOF program is. It is incredible!! The modules are so detailed, and the extra links inside each module were so helpful. And I can never forget Rachael and guys never let an email go unanswered, or failed to encourage.

Having the support and the encouragement of my editorial midwife and mentor has been so great. I felt that there were / are these two ladies who really, really care about was not just a job for them.........they truly care.

My editorial midwife, Rosemary, has been so good to me. She has guided me in the right direction, stayed up late or woke early to read my assignments or talk on Skype before I would submit them. We had many laughs about our pets and kids who always seemed to act up just as we would begin to talk.

I spoke to my mentor, Pat, about an idea that has been floating in my head for over a year, and she gave me the encouragement to go forward with it. She told me to take tiny steps first, and she was so right. I keep her wise words in my mind. My Israeli friend and I are going to start making stuffed toys, pillows, and other kinds of gifts for sick children who come to Israeli hospitals from Palestine / Gaza for treatment. Many of them come for long periods of time, and come with practically nothing and knowing no one. We hope that our small gifts will make them feel a bit better, and let them realize that someone cares. What we eventually want to do is to get more women - Arab and Israeli - to join us in this and / or other things, and do something for the good of kids from both sides. Thanks to Pat, I didn't let go of this idea.

I finally broke down and opened a Facebook account, and also a Twitter account. And I am going to start a blog about Palestine ........the heritage, culture, the villages, etc.

One of the biggest challenges for me was making my video, but at least I now know how to go about making one.

My challenges.............

*** I could not transfer the first interview into my camera. *** The second interview did not work out because a family member of the lady that I was going to interview died that day. *** The third interview did not work out because the husband of the lady I was going to interview went to the emergency room the morning of the interview (and I drove 40 minutes to get to her!) *** The fourth interview did not work out with my mother-in-law because she went to the hospital that morning (and is still there

My family now considers me a witch, and are telling me to stay away from them !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another bit of good news is that I am going to write for Cristi from Global Press Institute.

I just want to express my gratitude to all of you who have been by my side these past months. It has been a great journey, and I am so happy to have shared it with you all.

Much love, Noreen

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So, now you are a witch? great! A good mom,a good mother, a good wife and a good writer and consider this now as a new feather in your cap. You are a combo of the charming Ms Weasley and the brillian tor Prof Mcgonagall!!! and I love you!

Reading this post, I felt many of the thoughts were mine as well - maybe that's the common bond. I am so happy you came on Facebook and I am gonna find you on Twitter now.

Finally, we the 2012 VoF club seem to have done an 'Occupy GPI' job, eh? Lovely, isn't it, that we will continue to work together?

Much love

Stella Paul Twitter: @stellasglobe

Thanks Stella! You know, you could have interviewed me for your witch story!!! As my editor, Rosemary, was telling me to take a deep breath and be calm when the second interview didn't work out, I was laughing to myself because these things are so typical of what happens with me!! But a witch? As you can see, I am surrounded by kind people!!! Yes, it's nice that we will be at GPI together, along with Nasreen. I'm real pleased about that. I will look for you on Twitter too.

Love, Noreen

Dearest Noreen

It has been such an honour and pleasure to work with you over the last 5 months and somehow I feel as though we've always known each other. I have also learned so much from you my friend. Your energy, your committment, your courage and your incredible talent are a constant source of inspiration for me and I'm really looking forward to meeting you in 'real' life sometime soon. I agree with you that it has been such an honour to be part of World Pulse and this amazing programme. Rachael and Scott are running a tight ship and how they manage to do what they do with such warmth and efficiency is beyond awesome! It was also lovely to work with Pat, your mentor, and I would say if the three of us ever managed to get together in real life it would be some party. I'm also thrilled but not in the least bit surprised that you are going to be writing for Cristi at the Global Press Institute! I would feel sad that the programme is now ending except that I know we will keep in touch and that my trip to Palestine to meet you will happen someday...hopefully in the near future...and of course your trip to Ireland. You will always be welcome in my home. Much love Rosemary

Dearest Noreen

I watched the video and would like to congratulate you on portraying a dreadful history through the eyes of women who have such a clear view of life, without anger, for the suffering which results each day from the occupation. Your objectivity of reporting is exemplary. No wonder Cristi of the Global Press Institute has asked you to write for them! Wow! Congratulations, Noreen.

And if you are a witch, then, you are a good witch and I wish you a smooth journey into your continued witchery! Actually, I've had so many problems with this video thing as well. Each time my computer lost my work and died on me, I had to start over again. And you know what? The final time was the right time for it all comes together in the end with the imprint of the failures to make it a completely new whole, doesn't it.

I do think that perhaps a bit more history in the text for uTube might be a good idea, adding some of the very startling historical facts which you mention in your journal. Those facts will give viewers a broad picture of where the two women speak from. You movie can't be faulted. Contragulations!

Love and hugs and I'm proud to be part of your Witcherie! Love and hugs from Monica in France

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive. I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well. (A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

Thanks so much Monica! You are very sweet! And thanks for watching my video. I took your suggestion and added the written information to supplement it. The final version of something is usually better because you have some time to reflect as you put it together. I realized that it was just like putting together an article with a word limit. You have to decide what is important and what is not. In spite of the frustrations, it was fun!. I have not yet watched the videos but I will in the next couple of days.

Glad you are part of my witcherie too!!!

Love, Noreen